Starsight expands on the world Sanderson created in Skyward, taking us beyond Detritus to a world (universe?) filled with aliens and giant monstrous eyes living in “nowhere,” the place where ships travel faster than light. The characters from Skyward all take a back seat, with some not even showing up at all, while Spensa, M-Bot, and Doomslug take a risk and travel to see how they can help the humans on Detritus escape.
I wasn’t as fond of this book as I was Skyward, for various reasons. I loved how Sanderson expanded the world and all the new creatures and politics and dangers we met, especially the scary delvers and their mazes and eyes. But I wasn’t fond of how quickly he catapulted us out of the familiar, with Spensa taking her trip to Starsight less than a hundred pages in. While he gave us lots of alien politics and introduced new, fun characters, I was a bit annoyed that we never really got to see any of the olds ones, though at least Jorgen gets a few Interludes (with some information that seemed completely out of left field).
The part of the book that really let me down, though, was the “final battle.” I’ve been disappointed with Sanderson’s resolutions before (like in Calamity), and this one just seemed so anticlimactic and so ridiculous of a solution that it completely spoiled the atmosphere of the book for me. I was left feeling disgruntled, so the rest of the book ended up falling a little bit flat.
Plus, it ended on a cliffhanger. Ooo, I hate that.
Sanderson, at least, has the ability to weave plot threads throughout multiple books and remember that they’re there, and there’s tons of things that he seeded throughout Skyward that come to fruition here. Likely there’s lots of things that he still has up his sleeve for the presumed third book. And I still love that about him, of course.
I just wish this book hadn’t been quite as much of a let-down. A tiny let-down, but a let-down all the same.